Pope to Dads: Be Like St. Joseph

Facts of Life

Pope Francis spoke about fatherhood last month in his general audiences, reminding fathers to model their lives after St. Joseph, whose feast the Church celebrates on March 19.

“A good father teaches his children by giving a daily example of love and integrity,” the Holy Father observed Feb. 4.

He also expressed his hope that all fathers strive “to protect their children and to teach them wisdom, faith and integrity,” like St. Joseph.

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito says of discerning one’s college choice, ‘There has to be something that tugs at you and makes you want to investigate it further. And then the personal encounter comes in the form of a visit or a chat with a student or alumnus who communicates with the same enthusiasm or energy about the place. And then that love of a place can be a seed which germinates in your own heart through prayer.’

Choose a College With a Discerning Mind and Heart

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito, assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas (UD) and subprior (and former vocations director) of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas, drew from his experience as both a student and now monastic religious to help those discerning understand the parallels between religious and college discernment.